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Why Democracy?
October 5, 2007 3:42 PM   Subscribe

Why Democracy? "In October 2007, ten one-hour films focused on contemporary democracy will be broadcast in the world's largest ever factual media event. More than 40 broadcasters on all continents are participating, with an estimated audience of 300 million viewers. Each of the broadcasters - an A-Z which includes everyone from Al Arabiya to ZDF - will be producing a locally-based seasons of film, radio, debate and discussion to tie in with the global broadcast of the Why Democracy? films."
posted by St Urbain's Horseman (21 comments total) 6 users marked this as a favorite

 
Why democracy?

Cuz we can't all be dictators.

That takes ten hours to say?
posted by ZachsMind at 3:52 PM on October 5, 2007


I guess asking "What democracy?" got old.
posted by Curry at 4:13 PM on October 5, 2007


Why democracy?

Basically because otherwise we’ll kill you.
(there’s lots of us, not many of you)

US > you
posted by Smedleyman at 4:30 PM on October 5, 2007


factual media

Ugh.
posted by poweredbybeard at 4:31 PM on October 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


(there’s lots of us, not many of you)

Come on now, there aren't all that many of us. We just have the most and biggest guns.
posted by FelliniBlank at 4:53 PM on October 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


Not to mention more money.
posted by Reggie Digest at 5:29 PM on October 5, 2007


Why not?
posted by wendell at 5:32 PM on October 5, 2007


Cuz we can't all be dictators.

Just a majority. That's the whole point of democracy!
posted by delmoi at 6:06 PM on October 5, 2007


Good question.
posted by koeselitz at 6:36 PM on October 5, 2007


Why ask why? Try Bud Dry!
posted by ZachsMind at 6:49 PM on October 5, 2007 [1 favorite]


God, I can't wait till we're ruled by AIs. Dibs on a berth on GCU Ethics Gradient.
posted by nicolas léonard sadi carnot at 7:42 PM on October 5, 2007


I want there to be a separate minus icon next to the favorites one, so I can click it whenever ZachsMind makes a comment. Like an unfavorite, or a thumbs down.
posted by chlorus at 9:07 PM on October 5, 2007 [4 favorites]


First impressions are always wrong. These days.
posted by St Urbain's Horseman at 9:30 PM on October 5, 2007


I wish they had picked a better example of American democracy than the war on terrorism. Makes me wonder what the agenda really is.
posted by kindalike at 9:51 PM on October 5, 2007


Because with Democracy you can control most of people, without killing too much of them.
posted by zouhair at 3:18 AM on October 6, 2007


I wish they had picked a better example of American democracy than the war on terrorism.

Probably because the administration has so deeply entwined the whole "Bringing Democracy to these poor people" meme with their war efforts.
True, there is definitely an "agenda" at work with the "Why Democracy?" films. But I would contend it's a legitimate response to the Administration's dove-tailing of "Bringing Democracy" with the WoT.
posted by Thorzdad at 6:30 AM on October 6, 2007


"Bringing Democracy to these poor people"

Obviously, that whole rationale was a cynical fig leaf over the real reason we went to war in Iraq, but oddly, it's probably the first time the US has ever done anything close to trying to foster democracy somewhere.

All of the other examples I can think of throughout history (Cuba, Central America, Chile, Iran, etc.) are of where the US Government sought to subvert democracy in favor of autocracy.
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 7:14 AM on October 6, 2007


Why democracy?

Wouldn't be a bad idea for the States.
posted by WCityMike at 7:18 AM on October 6, 2007


I love you too Chlorus.
posted by ZachsMind at 4:59 PM on October 6, 2007


Tommy Gnosis,
WWI and II? Korea?
posted by Sangermaine at 2:13 AM on October 7, 2007


I meant to say since WWII, sangermaine. I guess you could make the case for Korea, but we were doing plenty of crappy shit at almost exactly the same time (Iran, Philippines, etc.) to nullify it.
posted by Tommy Gnosis at 12:28 PM on October 10, 2007


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